Bamberg GI recalled for pride, enthusiasm
August 9, 2008
BAMBERG, Germany — A 54th Engineer Battalion soldier was remembered as a proud and enthusiastic soldier Friday during a memorial service at the Warner Barracks chapel.
Pvt. Timothy John Hutton, assigned to the 54th’s Forward Support Company, died in Baghdad of noncombat injuries on Monday. The cause of his death is still under investigation, 54th rear detachment commander Capt. Jason Meier said.
A native of Dillon, Mont., Hutton had been in the Army only a few short months, enlisting in January and arriving in Germany in the spring. The majority of his enlistment had been spent on Warner, and he had been in Iraq only weeks before he died, Meier said.
Remembered as a proud hometown boy and an enthusiastic soldier, Hutton had enlisted to see more of the world. However, memorial tributes to Hutton alluded to his having encountered personal difficulty.
During a Thursday memorial service in Baghdad, 54th commander Lt. Col. Christopher Lostochi told those assembled that Hutton must have been fighting an inner battle, Meier read from a statement at that service.
Lostochi also said Hutton must have been struggling in silence. “We find a sort of peace when we stop searching for answers.”
Also read during the service were words from one of 21-year-old Hutton’s buddies.
“He was one of the most helping and kindhearted people I met in a long time,” the soldier said of his friend.
Though many did not get a chance to know Hutton before he died, those who met him throughout the unit found him to be a quiet man with a good attitude, Chap. (Capt.) Scott Jackson said.
Hutton enjoyed hunting, hiking and fishing. After earning his GED and learning carpentry in the Job Corps, he enlisted.
Hutton is survived by his grandfather, Marty Malesich, who is mayor of Dillon; grandmother, Karen Malesich; mother, Sonya Miller; father, Albert Hutton of Fairbanks, Alaska; and sister, Christine Hutton of Missoula, Mont.
The 54th, part of the 18th Engineer Brigade, left Bamberg for a 15-month deployment to Iraq in May. Hutton’s death was the first in the unit during the present tour.